The Borough is about to start on the implementation
of the above project.
Car parking during the working
week in the approach road.
The final plan has been prepared following
public consultation on two options, which took place in 1999.
It is based on option A, but has been changed in places in the
light of comments and concerns raised.
The existing pavilion and running track
are to be removed and the area turned back into a neighbourhood
park. The central area will be left as an open green area, available
for summer fetes, informal sports and events. Around this will
be a hard surfaced perimeter path, with seats and bins along
the way. There will be an equipped children's play area for children
up to 12 years old and an adjacent picnic area. These areas will
form the inner part of the park, fenced in and designated dog
free. There will be a lot of tree and shrub planting to enhance
the inner area using mainly native types.
Around this inner area there will be
a dog walking circuit, similar to the route used at present around
the athletics track. This will have dog bins and owners will
be required to clean up after their dogs. There will also be
new planting around this circuit. There will be access into the
central area through self closing gates, but dogs will not be
There will be a small car park, mainly
for disabled visitors to the park, with a few standard spaces.
This will be on the area that the pavilion occupies at the moment,
access being along the top end of Vansittart Road, which will
be repaired. All day parking in the car park will be prevented
by means of a barrier, restricting the opening hours. If possible
the present all day parking in this section of the road will
be stopped as well.
In the top corner of the site, where the
car park is at present, there will be a skate park facility.
This will have 'challenging equipment' for young people, a shelter,
and will be fenced to 3m high. The facility will be locked after
a certain time in the evenings. The link footpath to the Alma
Road Youth and Community Centre will be improved and lit, and
their existing sports area is to be enhanced.
The demolitions will start on site from
mid September. The construction of the new facilities will start
in October and are programmed to be complete and open to the
public by February 2001. Planting works will continue in two
phases in both March and October 2001.
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